Wait For It… a blog by Andy Ross

My Grandmother’s Secret Recipe

Posted on March 4, 2010

I’d like to share with you guys my grandmother’s secret recipe for cheese biscuits. I can remember as a little kid, standing next to her in the cottage, watching her make these biscuits. She was always so proud of them and never let anyone have the recipe. But, now you will.

Here it is:

1) First, preheat your oven to 450° F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet with a vegetable oil.

2) In a large glass mixing bowl, mix together 2 cups of unbleached flour, either a tablespoon or a teaspoon of salt, and some other kind of powder. She wouldn’t tell anybody what kind of powder, but it was white. Maybe baking powder? Every time I’d try to look, she’d bat my hand with a wooden spoon.

3) Cut in butter with a pastry cutter until crumbly. At least, I think this is what she was doing. She’d keep her back between me and the bowl, blocking my view even if I tried to sneak around. But, afterward, it seemed like she had mixed in butter.

4) Stir in a cup of shredded cheese. (Again, no idea what kind. My dad asked once, and my grandma started screaming about respect for her secrets.)

5) Add 2/3 a cup of milk. This one I’m sure of, because once I hid above the fridge overnight and saw her making biscuits the next morning. When she found out that I was spying, she cried for a while and then told me that if I ever told anyone her secret recipe, the devil was going to come at night and take me in my sleep.

6) Kneed the dough on a floured cutting board until somebody comes into the room. Yell at them to get out, or there will be no biscuits! Do they want to ruin dinner for everyone?!! Roll the dough out about an inch thick and cut into 2 inch circles.

7) Bake at 450° for 10-14 minutes until a light brown. During this time, stand guard at the oven to make sure that no one tries to steal one of your biscuits. Hide any evidence of the recipe.

8) Remove from the oven and brush the tops with melted butter.

9) Enjoy!

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